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Evergreen Park mayor suspends Walmart's liquor license, requests investigation after COVID-19 employee deaths

Posted On: Apr 4, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. - The mayor of Evergreen Park has suspended the liquor license of a Walmart that recently had two employees die of COVID-19.
Mayor Jim Sexton told WGN Friday that he inquired about the deaths of Phillip Thomas, 48, and Wando Evans, 51, several days ago after it was reported on social media that they both fell ill.
Sexton said he called the Walmart, located at 95th and Western, and was told that everything was fine. He feels Walmart told "half-truths" about the situation and feels, not only fellow employees, but the public, has been put at risk.
As a result, Sexton has suspended the liquor license of the Walmart and asked the county to investigate the matter further.
Phillip Thomas would have turned 49 on Easter. He worked at the Walmart for the last nine years. Until a few weeks ago, when he got sick and could barely stand up without fainting. He died Sunday at Jackson Park hospital from complications related to COVID-19.
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